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Report: NFL eyeing proposal to abolish extra points

There could be a day where the extra point after a touchdown in the NFL is a thing of the past. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) The extra point could become a thing of the past. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The NFL is considering making changes to the extra point after touchdowns, reports NFL.com.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network that the Competition Committee might eventually get rid of extra points in favor of a revised scoring system.

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.

"There's one proposal in particular that I've heard about. It's automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six."

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